September 15, 2003

Oh, Great

Just what I wanted to read: More than 30 percent of people using restrooms in New York airports, 19 percent of those in Miami’s airport, and 27 percent of air travelers in Chicago aren’t stopping to wash their hands. I have a colleague who not only washes his hands, but then uses a towel to open the bathroom door when exiting.

“What’s the point of washing your hands if you just get someone else’s piss all over them on the way out?”, he asks.

May have a point. Of course, the same study notes that

the vast majority of travelers using the airport restrooms in Toronto, Canada – a city which experienced a major SARS outbreak – washed almost every time.

Of course they did. If you knew that your socialized healthcare system required a three-month wait to see a physician, you’d wash, too.

Posted by Avocare at September 15, 2003 09:44 PM | TrackBack

I have no idea where they get that data, but I have a 6.5 hour wait to see my physician or one of his partners today for nonemergency reasons, and I could go there right now and see one within an hour if I needed stitches or something (which I have done during "bring your child to work day" which meant doc plus 14 year old, but I digress). I also have the option of several 24 hour Mediclinics in the city.

By saying this, I'm not extolling the benefits of socialized health care, just pointing out that it isn't all you might read.

Posted by: Jane Finch at September 16, 2003 12:46 PM

Jane, I wondered if you might comment on this post ... ;-)

Posted by: Alan at September 16, 2003 08:43 PM

hiya alan! katie had emailed me about your site - primarily with the ulterior motive so that i could see current photos of your cutie furries! - and i checked in today and saw this gem. eeeeewwwwwww gross! well that just adds to the joy of constant travelling i have no doubt...i think i agree with the paper-towel on the doorknob man.

hope you get back to your fabulous gal real soon!

Posted by: gina at September 18, 2003 01:10 PM
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